Alami Alor is a small dedicated dive resort located in Kalabahi Bay in eastern Indonesia. Avid divers will enjoy the variety of magnificent muck diving and vibrant coral reef sites.
Specialised in providing a personalised service in terms of diving, hospitality and cultural experiences, this intimate resort is located in an area with exceptional diversity and a beautiful marine environment.
Alami Alor sits amongst tropical gardens and features five spacious waterfront bungalows with a queen bed and space for an additional to create a triple room. All are air-conditioned and furnished with a wardrobe and desk, as well as an open air garden bathroom with shower. Meals are served in the open air communal dining area where international and local cuisine is served. The comfortable lounge and sundeck area is the place to chat with your fellow guests in between dives or admire each others images on the TV. WiFi internet access is available.
Underwater photographers are well catered for - a dedicated camera room features eight individual stations with power and spotlights as well as two rinse tanks and a blow gun.
It’s possible to add some culture to your adventure to this remote part of the world. Tours to nearby traditional villages can be arranged. Here you can enjoy a performance of the lego-lego dance and purchase local crafts.
April through to December offers a drier climate, improved sea conditions and better visibility on the coral reef dives.
Note: All drinks and additional activities are currently paid for in cash which can be obtained on arrival at the airport, although GBP is also accepted.
Alami Alor Dive Centre
The equipment room is the hub of the dive centre. Here you’ll find individual dive lockers, marine life identification books and the dive schedule board. Access to the house reef and full equipped speedboats are from the jetty.
Your dive package includes up to three boat dives, unlimited house reef and night diving during your stay. There is a limited stock of equipment available for rent. Tanks are 12 litres and DIN, but have inserts to convert to international valves. Water temperature is on average, 27C although there can be cold upwellings in the southern section of the Pantar Strait. We recommend you pack a full body 5mm wetsuit as a minimum.
There are two distinct local diving locations: muck diving in Kalabahi Bay is on the doorstep of the resort and stunning coral reef diving is found in the Pantar Strait, adjacent to the bay and the season runs from March to December.
Photographers will enjoy the treasure hunt for weird and wonderful critters on the black sand and volcanic rock slopes inside the bay. Expect rhinopias, frogfish, scorpion fish, crabs, shrimp, octopus, squid and plenty more.
For those who prefer reef diving, there are plenty of sites in the Strait where you can drift along densely covered walls and encircle sea mounts observing the vibrant colours that dominate these well preserved sites. Visibility can be up to 40 metres in the dry season and you can expect to see anything from pygmy seahorse to a blue whale cruising past. (yes, you read that right!)
It's likely that you'll encounter dolphin and pilot whales during your stay and hammerhead sightings are normally determined by the full and new moon phases.
The best months for muck diving are at the beginning and end of the diving season. The best visibility is found from July to September but the waters can be more choppy.
You’ll be truly amazed at the astounding underwater paradise that awaits in both locations.
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The allure of Alor is its eclectic mix of marine life and diving experiences, where you can encounter blue whales, explore reefs and discover critters. This remote location is undeniably enchanting - it will not disappoint.
When to go: Mar-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 14 days
Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
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Located in the far eastern reaches of Indonesia, the Alor Archipelago consists of 20 islands. Home to the Pantar Strait Marine Park, here you will find a bountiful marine life boosted by strong currents, and some of the best preserved coral reef systems in Indonesia.
Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, blue whale, eagle ray, rhinopias, pygmy seahorse
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Muck diving, Reef diving